Bus accidents can lead to severe, even catastrophic injuries. This is true whether you were a passenger on the bus, a pedestrian or bicyclist, or an occupant of another vehicle. If you were involved in a bus accident, you can recover compensation for any injuries and losses you suffer. This process is often quite complex, especially when dealing with serious injuries.
You do not need to handle this alone. D. Miller & Associates, PLLC is in your corner. Call today to schedule a free consultation with a bus accident lawyer in Sugar Land: 713-850-8600.
What Compensation Can I Recover for a Sugar Land Bus Accident?
You can recover compensation for any injuries and losses you suffered in the accident. Common bus accident injuries include:
- Whiplash: Whiplash symptoms include soreness, tenderness, and swelling. You might also have issues concentrating, sleeping, or remembering things. While people assume whiplash is a minor injury, whiplash can last weeks, months, or even a lifetime. You might require pain medications and neck braces, develop insomnia, or even have to quit your job.
- Head injuries: You are at risk for head injuries even in less serious bus accidents due to sudden stops. Many buses do not have seat belts, which leaves you at an increased risk of suffering blunt force head injuries. You can also suffer head injuries if you were outside the bus. Depending on the severity of your head injury, you could require round-the-clock care for years or the rest of your life. This can end up costing thousands or even millions of dollars over the course of a lifetime.
- Spinal cord injuries: The impact of a bus accident can lead to a severe spinal cord injury. In the worst cases, these spinal injuries cause a loss of mobility. This could make it impossible for you to work or necessitate your placement in an assisted living facility.
- Broken and fractured bones: Broken bones can limit your mobility, make it impossible for you to work for weeks or months, and affect your quality of life.
We will ensure any settlement offer you accept includes compensation for any injuries and their effect on your life.
What Damages Can I Collect for a Sugar Land Bus Accident?
Most people only consider their medical bills after a bus accident. However, you can recover compensation for any losses you suffered in the accident. This might include:
- Medical expenses: Bills for doctors and specialists, therapists, medication, and more.
- Lost wages: Total amount of income lost during your rehabilitation.
- Lost earning capacity: If you had to quit your job or work less hours, you can recover compensation for the wages you would have earned.
- Vocational rehabilitation: In the event your injuries require a career change, you can recover compensation for damages associated with training for a new job.
If you lost a loved one in a bus accident, you can file a wrongful death claim and recover compensation for burial and funeral costs, what your loved one would have earned and contributed to the family, any medical bills from the accident, and any emotional damages you suffered.
In addition to investigating the circumstances of your bus accident, we will also request your medical bills, and seek documentation from your employer verifying your lost wages. Moreover, if your injuries require a career change, we will compile profiles detailing your education and experience, relevant careers you could transition into, and the cost of training.
The above economic damages are not the only compensation we request on your behalf. You are also entitled to compensation for noneconomic damages you suffered in the accident.
These noneconomic damages might include:
- Pain and suffering: Unlike medical expenses, pain and suffering damages do not have a specific cost. Rather, it varies based on the severity of your injuries, how they affect you, and for how long.
- Mental anguish: Bus accidents can be terrifying experiences. We can recover compensation for any anguish, anxiety, or post-traumatic stress disorder you suffered due to accident.
Who Might Be Liable for My Bus Accident Injuries?
Anyone who caused or contributed to the accident might be liable for your injuries. This could include any of the following parties:
- The bus driver: If the bus driver behaved negligently, he can be liable for any injuries that he causes in an accident.
- The bus company: The bus company is likely also liable for any injuries if its driver causes an accident. This is due to the doctrine of vicarious liability, which holds that employers are liable for actions its employees take within the scope of their employment. Holding the bus company liable can be difficult as it likely has a large legal team behind it, but so do you.
- Another driver: If another driver behaved negligently and caused the accident, that driver might be liable for your injuries.
- A manufacturer: If the bus or any of its parts were defective in any way, we can hold the manufacturer liable for the accident.
Holding any of these parties liable can be difficult, but we are up to the challenge. We will protect you from any involved insurers and legal teams to ensure you get the compensation you deserve.
Call Now for a Free Consultation
When deciding whether to pursue a bus accident claim, you likely have dozens of questions and concerns. D. Miller & Associates, PLLC can help guide you through these questions and concerns.
As we walk you through your options, we believe you will quickly notice why we have recovered millions of dollars in damages for Texans in the past 15 years. Call us now at 713-850-8600 to learn more.
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